Mike"s Car Fund
I am desperately hoping that the car can be recovered, the boys and I had a very warm place in our hearts for it. However, I need to begin facing the fact that is likely I will have to replace it.
The hand controls run about $1500 or so and will have to be installed after I find a vehicle.
I loathe having to ask for help but the cards life has dealt me require that my pride be set aside.
If you are in a postion to help I would be greatful beyond words.
After a considerable amount of discussion, thought and prayer the boys and I have settled on what we believe to be the best way forward from here.
First, since no one requested that their donation be returned we decided to use the funds for the purpose originally intended, that being to acquire a new (to us) vehicle to get ourselves where we need to be. This we have done by purchasing a 2009 Mazda5 which seems like a sensible, responsible and dependable vehicle that hopefully will see both boys through High School. We are enjoying it immensely.
The recovered Suzuki is currently being evaluated to see if it is suitable for donation to some other individual or family in need. We are hoping to accomplish this through a charity as I do not feel that I am equipped to do the necessary vetting to give it directly to someone. The truth may be in the end that the Suzuki was not as safe a vehicle as we may have believed and it may be time to send it along to be crushed. Sad.
In addition to all of you, who we cannot begin to thank enough, I would like to acknowledge the following folks who helped us through this odyssey:
Joel Brown and Andrea Blanford of ABC-11 and Julia Sims of WRAL for their reporting of our story.
Richard Grizzard and all the great people at Westgate Jeep Chrysler Dodge for giving us an awesome good deal on the Mazda5.
Van Products, Manny Suarez and the other kind souls who installed the hand controls that allow me to drive at no cost whatsoever.
The Raleigh Police Department for recovering the Suzuki so quickly and working with me to get it safely home.
This experience had been a great life lesson for the boys and I will be eternally grateful that they got to know and benefit from the kinder side of human nature. I hope that this will help them along in their journey towards a compassionate and ethical manhood.
For that alone I am deeply in debt to each of you.
There is some damage here and there and the keys are gone, along with the house keys, but it seems largely intact.
Obviously this complicates what to do next. Once we have a new key we will be able to further assess things but it seems it will be roadworthy anyway.
Certainly if you would like your donation returned by all means let me know and I will get it to you. Gofundme charges about 8% so it would be hard for me to cover that as well but just let me know and i'll do what i can. I have already spent more than the car is worth in cab fares, towing, locksmith, etc. and unless i sink another $200 or so into it the thieves will still have a copy of the key.
It never was much of a car to begin with so replacing it was beginning to sound pretty good but as basic transportation it could probably work for a while longer.
Some ideas we and others have had are to donate it to wheels4hope or some other organization so that 2 families can benefit from your generosity, sell it (it's not really worth anything) use it as a trade in, save it for the boys to drive but cars don't do real well when they sit around, or of course, just keeping it.
We welcome your thoughts and input and once again thank you for all the support both monetarily and otherwise.
Anything we can collect from here will allow us to find more reliable and safe transportation.
I can't possibly say it enough...but thanks.
I just got a call from Van Products who is the local company that modifies vehicles for folks like me. They said that if and when i need them they have a set of hand controls that they will install at no charge, a donation worth roughly $1,500.
I cannot express my gratitude adequately. I will attempt to thank whoever i can individually whenever i can but if somehow you are missed please know me and the boys deeply appreciate your help. I am astounded by the generosity of people who don't know me, who I have never met. I hope that one day my situation will improve to the point i will be able to pay all this forward.
God bless you all.
That is awesome to hear the news from Van Products! Decades ago, when I worked with UCP, we had great support from them. I'm happy to know they are still the good guys I remember. Thanks for putting yourself out there and asking for help, Mike. You've helped us all remember that the good guys still far outnumber the bad.
This is truly a heartwarming story. What started out as a tragedy turned so quickly into a blessing and an opportunity for everyone involved. ♥
My mother and I are both handicapped with no legs. I really could use the van Mike Leary is donating. Please view my face book page. It's titled Ayan Layo Earl Robinson. 252-955-4081
Please keep the donation. Use it to fix up this car better than it was before, to recoup some of the money you have had to put out due to this situation, or on something for you and the boys. God bless you all.
Mike, I was going to let you know my story that we are raising 2 grandchildren but I'll tell you my story when you call. Thank you. Sincerely, Carol Frady. P S I'm also on Facebook as Carol Joyce Napoli Frady
Mike, my husband is a paraplegic and needs a vehicle. If you could help us that would be truly un believable. My phone number is 910-423-5195. My name is Carol Frady. God Bless you. Sincerely, Carol
Please keep my donation. Use it for however you see fit. God, the Universe, or whatever you may call it, works in mysterious ways.